China’s ambitious belt and Road Initiative might appear to be an economic development proposal on the surface, but building a modern-day “Silk Road” connecting 68 countries from Southeast Asia all the way to Europe and Africa could transform what is, by some measures, the world’s largest economy into the center of global culture.
Industry insiders and scholars say despite the fact that President Xi Jinping’s trademark foreign policy scheme is still at an infant stage, it will have significant cultural impact in the long-run and exports of Chinese culture through films and filmmaking collaborations will play a pivotal role.
“We do not see Belt and Road’s impact on culture and entertainment yet as communication with these countries has only just begun. But once the hardware is ready, the cultural impact will follow,” says Professor Anthony Fung, co-director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
President Xi unveiled the concept, billed as an economic initiative bringing China together with countries in Asia, Europe and Africa through land and sea routes, in 2013, proposing the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment...